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Horseshoe Crab Quota & Landings Data

Updated: May 27, 2021

The commercial horseshoe crab quota for 2021 is 150,000 crabs pursuant to subdivision 44.3 (b) of 6 NYCRR. The quota distribution plan for horseshoe crab is as follows:

2021 Horseshoe Crab Quota Distribution Plan
Period Dates % Distribution Quota (Crabs) Trip Limit
1 Jan 1 - Apr 15 4% 6,000 30
2 Apr 16 - Aug 31 92% 138,000 150
2-closed May 24 - May 28 closed 0 closed
2-closed June 8 - June 12 closed 0 closed
3 Sept 1 - Nov 30 4% 6,000 250
4 *Dec 1 - Dec 31 To Be Determined To Be Determined To Be Determined

*Period 4 fishery will open if there is quota remaining and 90% reporting compliance.

Check Commercial Harvest Limits for the current trip limit and fishery status information.

The Horseshoe Crab Quota Distribution Plan may be modified by NYSDEC subject to the following criteria:

  • Trip limits may be adjusted to spread allocation over each period and avoid fishery closures when possible.
  • Overharvest or under harvest from Period 1 and Period 2 will be deducted from or added to the next period.
  • If there is quota remaining at the end of Period 3, the remaining quota may be made available in Period 4. Initial harvest limits for Period 4 will be determined by the amount of available quota remaining.
  • Fixed gear may remain in-place during scheduled Period 2 fishery closures.
  • If a period's quota is projected to be exceeded, actions may be taken, up to and possibly including closure of the remaining period until the next period, to preserve quota for subsequent periods.
  • Under harvest from 2021 will not be rolled into 2022.
  • For more information on horseshoe crab management, visit Commercial Limits for Lobsters, Crabs & Whelk.

Horseshoe Crab Landings Summary

2021 Horseshoe Crab Landings Summary (# of Crabs)
Week Dates Trip Limit Recent
Landings
Cumulative
Landings
Remaining
Period Quota
% Period
Quota
Remaining
Annual Quota
1-6 1/1-2/6 30 0 0 6000 0% 150,000
7 2/7-2/13 30 10 10 5,990 0% 149,990
8-14 2/14-4/3 30 0 10 5,990 0% 149,990
15-17 4/4-4/24 30 26 36 5,964 0% 149,964
18 4/25-5/1 30 to 150 900 936 5,028 16% 149,064
19 5/2-5/8 150 442 1,378 137,558 0% 148,662
20 5/9-5/15 150 2,427 3,805 135,131 2% 146,195
21 5/16-5/22 150 27,219 31,024 107,912 22% 118,976
22 5/23-5/29 150 1,964 32,988 105,948 23% 117,012
23 5/30-6/5 150 3,140 36,128 102,808 26% 113,872
24 6/6-6/12 150 24,486 60,614 78,322 44% 89,386
Keep track of weekly commercial landings by visiting NOAA Fisheries Quota Monitoring (link leaves DEC website).

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